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Last chance to see the Superdragons!

I just read on the BBC news website that the dragons have all been returned to their den to get cleaned up ready for the final showing in the Kingsway shopping Centre and the auction later this month.  Very sad to see them go!

There’s a brilliant audio slideshow here with lots of great photos and a commentary by the organiser of the project.

Anyway, here’s the last instalment of dragons (unless I find any stray ones on my camera memory card that I’ve forgotten about!).


This on is Flowerport by Deborah Wheeler, a local textile artist, on the top floor of Museum and Art Gallery.  The circles are fabric with stitching.


Recycled Royston by Amy Fletcher is in the entrance to the Kingsway Centre car park.  He has lots of colourful bottle tops stuck to him.

Phyco the Dragon

This is Phyco the Dragon by Lala Ward outside the back entrance to the Kingsway Centre


He has lots of fun multimedia elements like netting and organza – all those fun fabrics we love to use!   I like the way his mouth foams!


A bit faint because of the way the sun was shining on it…The Vigour of Gwyn by Daniel Fowler, George Street, by George Street Furnishers


A mini dragon in the window of Gwent Picture Framing.


Eyesee by the Newport Young People’s Information Shop.


Inside Asda – Paint by Numbers dragon by Tom Brown.  He has a box of chalks for people to colour him in.


Philatelic Relic – Shaun Featherstone on Mariner’s Green, watched over by the police station.  There are lots of stamps stuck on him. 

Do have a look at the audio slideshow – there are a lot of great close up shots from unusual angles.

Belle Vue Park Superdragons

Last week I suddenly realised I only had a couple of weeks to find the rest of the Superdragons in situ.  They are all being brought together for a final viewing about the middle of this month, but it’s not the same as seeing them out and about.  So over the last couple of days I’ve been photographing some of those I hadn’t seen before.  And a few which have been relocated in more secure positions to prevent them being vandalised again.

Yesterday I went to Belle Vue Park.  We used to live in the road running up the side of this park so I know it well – it is a lovely Victorian park on the side of a hill. 

This dragon is called Amser and it is next to the cafe.  The artist is Marianne Thomas.

superdragon Amser in Belle Vue Park 

There is a little mini dragon painted by Clytha School inside the cafe too:

Clytha School's mini dragon

This one is Highly Flammable – Stick is the artist who painted it.

Highly Flammable superdragon by Stick

The last one in Belle Vue Park (apart from Goldie Looking Dragon who was relocated to the cafe from Ridgeway) is Cenhinen Bedr by Danielle Mayer.  It is the Gorsedd, the stone circle constructed by the Victorians when they landscaped the park.

Cenhinen Bedr superdragon

Here he is in his setting.  You can see the lovely trees in the park.

superdragon in Belle Vue Park

Transporter Bridge Superdragons

Here are the superdragons by the Transporter Bridge.  In case you haven’t come across a Transporter Bridge before, this page tells you about the one in Newport.

Newport Transporter Bridge

Newport’s has a platform to take cars and people across the river.  It has just been reopened after several years being in disrepair.

Transporter Bridge high platform

This is the top level – you can walk up those steps and across the top on some bank holidays but I’ve never stomached it!

transporter bridge superdragon

This dragon is called One Flew Under the Transporter Bridge and the artist is Anthony Davies.  Those are two of my sons in the background with their young Spanish cousin, Pablo.

silver superdragon

This one looks like it is covered with wrinkled silver foil (very effective) and it is called Reflections of Nature.  The artist is Cerian Price.

I’m going to be at the Festival of Quilts from Thursday to Saturday – hope to see you there!

And yet more Superdragons

Light Emitting Dragon

This dragon is upstairs in the museum and library building.  It is the Light Emitting Dragon by Mark Graeme Lewis.



There are a couple of dragons in the Kingsway shopping centre.  By the cafe, appropriately enough is Soup-A-Dragon by Thomas Price.

Interactive LED Dragon 

And on the way in is the Interactive LED Dragon in Kingsway Centre by Neal Evans.

Mini dragon in Wilkinsons

There are a lot of Mini Dragons painted by schools (about 100 apparently) – don’t worry, I’m not going to subject you to all of them!  Unless you beg me to…. This one is in Wilkinsons in the Kingsway Centre.

westgate dragon

This one is in the main shopping street, Commercial Street, down by the Westgate.  It is called Grymuso and Newport Womens Aid painted it.

I'r Nefoedd

This one is I’r Nefoedd by Gavin Rees Jones and it is just outside Newport market hall in High Street.

Super City Dragon

Continuing up High Street towards the railway station is Super City Dragon by Lucy Baker.  I like how it has been surrounded by traffic cones!

dragon outside railway station newport

The dragon outside the railway station is Cenhinen by Julie Page.  I was getting tired by the time I took this so I didn’t cross the road to get a close up!

Saturday Superdragons

Today’s dragons are in John Frost Square, a rather unattractive 1960s square where the library and museum are.  John Frost was a Chartist hero.

Pit Dragon Dai Newport

This dragon is called Pit Dragon Dai and is a miner to celebrate the coal mining history of the Welsh Valleys.  The artists are Beth Downing and Valerie Harding.

The City Superdragon Newport

This one is called The City and the artist is Amelia Thomas.   Not sure if you’ll be able to see it properly on this photo but it has a funky cityscape painted on it.

reflections in fountain

The Council also installed these spherical fountains in the square.  I do like the reflections you get!

Newport Superdragons

This year, the Ryder Cup is happening in Newport, the city in Wales where I live.

On the announcement of its coming, Newport Council desperately tried to improve the image of the city, and planned ambitious shopping centres and other developments to entice visitors into the town and away from the more appealing neighbouring cities of Bristol and Cardiff.  Residents suffered the upheaval of roadworks and building sites for months, nay, years; and just as it looked its ugliest, along came the recession and the mall developers went bust. 

To brighten up the place, over the last few months lots of decorations, flags and other colourful stuff has been appearing.  As well as this, lots of little Superdragons, painted by local artists and schoolchildren, are forming a trail around the town.  They are only here till 9 October and there are about 100 of them so I’ve decided to try and photograph them all over the next few months and post photos of them here.  Quite a lot are in the town centre so they will be easy to reach but several are on the outskirts too.

steel wave carousel superdragon

This one is called the Steel Wave Carousel (because it has a design of the red steel wave sculpture by the riverside) and is by Danielle Mayer.  It is standing outside the Civic Centre, just down the road from my house.

newport's steel wave

This is the wave – it was built to celebrate the steel industry which dominated Newport earlier this century.

scrum the superdragon, newport

This one is Scrum the Superdragon painted by Tim Harries.  It is in the main shopping street.

Wood superdragon

And this is the Wood Dragon, by Chris Wood. It is in the entrance to the library and museum.

According to the local council website, after the 10 week superdragons trail, many of the SuperDragons will be auctioned on October 27, with proceeds going to charities Tenovus, the chosen charity of Newport’s Mayor Cllr Bill Langsford and the Born Free Foundation. There’s a website about them and also a Facebook page where you can keep track of which have been, sadly, vandalised and removed temporarily for intensive care…

I like the new occupants of the city, even if they are only going to be around for a few months; they are a talking point and whenever I see them, there seem to be groups of people chatting about them, examining them and taking photos.   And the projects are encouraging local artists, local businesses.  Maybe that is the way forward for Newport; to build up local individual shops rather than trying desperately to attract big chain stores that you can see all over the country.  I for one would welcome that.

And if you really want to see what the city where I live is like, do watch this video – it’s a hoot!  And it’s going viral!  Every time I go on Facebook it seems to be there on people’s profiles and has even been picked up by the national press… Here is an article in the Daily Telegraph online

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